Middle Level Teaching and Learning


The Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S. Ed.) degree in Middle Level Teaching and Learning is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare future practitioners with the content knowledge and pedagogical approaches necessary to serve the needs of young adolescent learners in specific disciplines for teacher licensure in middle level education, grades 5-8.

What will I study?

All candidates seeking a Bachelor of Science in Education-Middle Level must complete general education requirements, which fulfill both university and state licensure requirements. Further, all candidates complete professional education core courses that address aspects of middle level teaching and learning. This includes multiple fieldwork experiences and opportunities where candidates learn how to apply theory to practice in middle school teaching. Finally, all candidates complete coursework to obtain two content endorsements. 

Customize your degree!

You will select:

One major content/endorsement area: English, Mathematics, Science, or Social Sciences


One minor content/endorsement area: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, Art Education, Bilingual/ESL, Foreign Language, Health Education, Learning Behavior Specialist-1 or Physical Education 

Course work includes:

  • Assessment and Technology
  • Content Area Literacy Instruction 
  • Development of the Middle School Child
  • English Language Learners Methods
  • Middle School Philosophy and Organization

Hands-on Experience and Professional Development

  • You will have multiple clinical experiences in diverse classrooms prior to student teaching
  • The college’s Educate Local, Educate U.S., and Educate Global programs provide selected students with a week-long, all-expenses-paid classroom experiences in unique settings.
  • Students have the opportunity to pursue ESL/Bilingual endorsements that can broaden their employment options.
  • You might join the T.E.A.C.H. House Living Learning Community or College of Education student organizations like the NIU Educators’ Club. 

What can I do with this degree?

Candidates who complete the program requirements are recommended for Illinois Educator Licensure for teaching in two content endorsement areas in middle grades, 5-8. 
Middle School Teacher Occupational Outlook

Employment for Graduates

  • NIU’s annual Educators’ Job Fair brings school districts from around the country to interview graduating students for professional teaching positions. Some graduates are hired by the districts in which they completed student teaching.
  • The college’s extensive selection of graduate degree programs and certificates provides preparation for fields that include counseling, administration, and curriculum specialist.

What's the next step?

Request more information or apply!


Kate Donohue
Middle Level Teaching and Learning Program Advisor
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